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baseball movies

Rob Neyer occasionally posts “book club” entries as part of his Just a  Bit Outside site. This one was put up shortly after the passing of Alison Gordon, a sportswriter who covered the Toronto Blue Jays and chronicled the experience in her book Foul Ball!: Five Years in the American League. This piece from BaseballEssential […]

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Happy to hear the news that Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, by Jonathan Eig, will be turned into a feature movie. From the New York Post of July 17: George Steinbrenner’s grandson, Robert Molloy, will be part of a program Friday on the grounds of the former Yankee Stadium. Molloy is […]

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Grantland recently aired Spyball, one of those 30 for 30 short documentaries produced by the folks at ESPN. Spyball is the story of Moe Berg, one of the most interesting characters to play in the Majors. A very quick recap of Berg’s career: He was a brilliant scholar, linguist, lawyer, etc., as well as mediocre […]

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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Some of you might be old enough to remember a time when for one admission at the movie theater, you got a double feature, a cartoon, and maybe a short subject. Welcome back. This week I finally had a chance to watch No No: A Dockumentary, about the life and wild times of Dock Ellis, […]

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And, let’s not forget Anthony Perkins. These three popular actors made baseball films that were memorable for one reason or another and none of them displayed an ounce of athletic talent portraying, respectively, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Jim Piersall. Sure there were others who probably should have turned down such demanding roles,  but those were […]

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One of the things I missed most about not blogging here regularly was the opportunity to conduct these podcast interviews. There’s always someone interesting to talk with a bout their new project, be it a book, a move, a musical album, etc. I spoke with Joe Siegman as a major player in the U.S. Maccabi […]

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Two gentlemen with some interesting attachments to baseball. Hermann, one of my favorite actors, passed away Wednesday at the age of 71. Frankly, I thought he was older. He played Lou Gehrig to Blythe Danner in the 1978 TV movie, A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story. I haven’t seen this one in […]

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Just found out about 108 Stitches on a Facebook post. I could have done without it. When Roger Clemens blurbs the movie with “If Animal House, Bull Durham and Major League had a threesome, 108 Stitches would be its kid,” you know you’re looking at real art. Of course, that’s assuming that Clemens really did […]

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Here’s the dope on the upcoming film festival hosted at the Baseball Hall of Fame from Sept. 19-21. The following events all take place in the Grandstand Theater. Blurbs come from the Hall of Fame press release. Following a reception at 5 p.m., The festival gets under way with an introductory discussion and opening film– […]

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With eight days to go, Heather Quinlan’s Kickstarter project is less than $10,000 short of the $50K goal. Make it happen, people!

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will recognize the twin traditions of baseball and film when, for the ninth consecutive year, it hosts the Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown, Sept. 19-21. Filmmakers can submit their work to be considered for the Festival through Friday, Sept. 5. Films can be of any length and […]

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Shades of Pride

July 24, 2014 · 0 comments

Recall if you will the scene in The Pride of the Yankees in which Lou Gehrig follows Babe Ruth’s promise to hit a home run in the World Series for “sick Little Billy” with two blasts of his own. Fast forward to earlier this week and the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo. (If the video below […]

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Can you believe it’s been almost 30 years since the NY Mets won their last championship? That’s a generation. Not that I’m complaining. Could be worse (see, Chicago Cubs). But anniversaries are great for books and movies, so Heather Quinlan is taking up the challenge for ’86 Mets: The Movie. As you can tell from […]

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Looking over the overlooked news in baseball books, etc. ♦ Dwier Brown is making the rounds for his new memoir If You Build It…: A book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams, which is doing very well on Amazon. (Here’s my Bookshelf conversation with Brown). My apologies in that the video opens on its […]

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Veteran actor Dwier Brown appeared as John Kinsella, the father of Kevin Costner’s character, Ray, in the 1989 classic Field of Dreams. He was only on screen for about five minutes at the end, but for many, those are the most powerful moments, with the ability to turn otherwise composed men and women into misty-eyed […]

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Don’t forget, this week’s Conversation features Dwier Brown, who portrayed Ray Kinsella’s “ghost-player” father, John, in Field of Dreams. Wanted to give this plenty of time to circulate for Father’s Day. His indigog campaign is no longer active — he made more than the goal — but I still think this video is worth watching. […]

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The excellent Joe Posnanski writes about Field of Dreams, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. As such, the 1989 film, which was nominated for three Oscars and won several “best foreign language film” from international organizations, will no doubt he the subject of similar pieces, some which will heap praise, others derision. The next […]

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Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame plays the lead role of JB Bernstein in the new baseball film Million Dollar Arm (although I notice on the IMDB page that the character’s last name isn’t included. Hmmm). MDA is based on the true story of a contest whereby two young athletes from India try to get […]

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Obsessive as I am, I like to check the stats to see how this blog is doing and, being as niche as it is and considering the work I put into it, I can’t say I’m too disappointed. This ain’t The New York Times or Google, so I know it won’t draw huge numbers. I […]

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